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UMass students safe after London attack, officials say

UMass students safe after London attack, officials say

Morgan Hughes, Campus News Editor
March 22
Filed under Current Affairs, Showcase, Study Abroad, Uncategorized

University of Massachusetts Amherst spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski released a statement saying university officials are in the process of confirming the safety of students studying abroad in the London area after an attack.

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Study Abroad: The most vulnerable four months of my life

Study Abroad: The most vulnerable four months of my life

Nujhat Purnata, Contributor
March 20
Filed under Features, Showcase, Study Abroad, Travel

Studying abroad might not be the easiest four months of your life, it might not even be the best, but it sure is a thrilling rollercoaster which requires solid optimism.

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A protest against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

A protest against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Kyle Olsen, Contributor
February 24
Filed under Features, Opinion, Profiles, Showcase, Study Abroad, Travel

"Police guarded a single lane of traffic to support the hundreds who marched through the downtown metropolitan chanting and holding signs comparing his government practice to fascism."

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Study abroad: A three-week trip is a valuable experience

Study abroad: A three-week trip is a valuable experience

Danielle Aihini, Travel Editor
February 7
Filed under Features, Showcase, Student Life, Study Abroad, Travel

"Three weeks was the perfect amount of time. I saw more, did more and ate more than I could have ever imagined and I left a better version of myself as a result."

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Embracing the imperfections of studying abroad

Embracing the imperfections of studying abroad

Adrienne Gagne, Contributor
December 6
Filed under Showcase, Student Life, Study Abroad, Travel

"Oftentimes I felt guilty for experiencing any sort of emotion other than elated happiness. However, it’s important to remember that nothing can be perfect all of the time. A few bad days will not negate the countless positive memories you will create during your trip."

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An iPhone lost at sea: Three months without a phone in a foreign place

An iPhone lost at sea: Three months without a phone in a foreign place

Sarah Strangie, Contributor
October 13
Filed under Showcase, Study Abroad, Travel

"There would be no more staring at my screen to avoid awkward silence. Instead, I learned to appreciate it."

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A coffee renaissance in Florence, Italy

A coffee renaissance in Florence, Italy

Julie Shamgochian, Lifesyle Editor
April 12
Filed under Features, Food/Health, Profiles, Study Abroad, Travel

In Italy, it's normal to see locals standing at the wooden bar surface for a quick morning cappuccino, but what may seem untraditional is finding café-goers seated, enjoying a long coffee break.

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“Denglisch”: Learning German in Germany

“Denglisch”: Learning German in Germany

Shannon Broderick, Travel Editor
February 11
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

The language barrier, and subsequent misadventures, were exhausting, overwhelming, and seemingly impossible to overcome. In addition to my limited vocabulary and shaky sentence structure, I had a habit of mangling German words without repair. My attempts to make the harsh, hissing-cat voice in the back of my throat made everyone, including myself, wince, and I had never been so self-aware of my own American accent.

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The Real World: Interning in Ireland with CAPA

The Real World: Interning in Ireland with CAPA

Margaret Moriarty, Contributor
December 1
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

I think about how lucky I am to call Ireland, with its surreal, stunning beauty, my temporary home.

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Mannheim: Life in Germany’s second ugliest city

Mannheim: Life in Germany’s second ugliest city

Shannon Broderick, Travel Editor
October 20
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

The 'ugly duckling' of southern Germany was the best place I could have chosen to spend five months of my life.

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A nightmare abroad

A nightmare abroad

Taylor Gilmore, Writer
May 2
Filed under Study Abroad, Travel

Barcelona International College is not located along the coast, and the roof-top terrace is surrounded by buildings, although the image on the website shows blue skies all around. The only students I met during my time at BIC were American students studying abroad and we were not given any opportunities to meet local students.

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Top Five places to visit while studying in Australia

Top Five places to visit while studying in Australia

Katie Bowler, Campus Editor
March 10
Filed under Study Abroad, Top Five, Travel

Whether you're thinking about studying abroad or have simply caught the travel bug, Eastern Australia should be on your list of places to visit. Australia is home to many hidden and natural wonders, and especially an array of beautiful beaches.

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